We spent a week at the ranch with 4 other couples in a 5 bedroom/4 bath cabin. The rooms were large and well decorated with all oak furniture. It was spotless and very comfortable. The living room had a cozy leather couch and loveseat , chair and ottoman, and cable t.v. The kitchen had a table for 10 and was fully furnished for making meals. The grounds were well manicured and nicely maintained. We didn't use the pool but we drove past it daily and it was crystal clear. We saw deer running through the front yard and watched racoons play in the back yard. Our garbage was picked up daily and new towels were provided. We would definetly return and would recommend the ranch to all our friends
Stayed there a while back and was disappointed. The cleanliness of the rooms was hriible, bugs everywhere. Their idea of cleaning the room is merely outting thigs in drawers and cleaning off the tabletops. The bathroom had not been cleaned for a few weeks as the water stained the toilet. TV's need upgraded as they are too small for the rooms. There were a bunch of people staying there but it looks like they all work in the area and had been there a long time. Nice men but I don't know how they do it unless they clean the place on their own.
Had been to Ranch for dinner in 2008 and it was terrible. Went back 9/09 and much improved. Service was terrific and food was good (could have been a little warmer). Animals appeared healthy and content. Have recommended to several friends to have an evening out at the Feed Box!
I wrote a review and apparently it was removed. This place is unbeleivably bad. Very unorganize and the golf course was a joke. The animals looked like it was an animal shelter poorly taken care of. Do not go!
We booked our cabin in March for a family vacation. We looked forward to this trip the entire summer. How sad it was to find out everything was pretty much closed. A lonely Lemur in the office, 2 sick ponies and a pair of distressed lions is all we found. The office remained closed the most of the week and the "famous" Feed Box Saloon did not serve dinner once during our week long stay.
We read the previous reviews and choose this place over dozens. While West Virginia in itself was a beautiful and enjoyable vacation, it was not much fun to return to our Cabin. The hot tub water turned cloudy and skunky and was unusable for 4 of our 7 days there. They failed to pick up our garbage and the skunks had a field day with it.
When we realized how many other cabins in other places we could have choosen at nearly half the price we were very disappointed.
West Virginia is worth a second trip but we will stay somewhere else
What a difference a year makes! In 2007, my family enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Good Evening Ranch. My children ages 16 months and 3 years at the time thrilled at the sight of the exotic animals which included a camel, kangaroos, and a zebra to name a few. Outside our cabin, an enclosure included a turkey, goats, and a couple of sheep. We started the day with a trip to visit the animals, worked our way to the playground and then headed to the pool.
Based on our experience, we could not wait to return. Our expectations were high and perhaps that was what contributed to our experience this year. Apparently there is a change in ownership and perhaps a change in philosophy. We found the playground to have a number of broken pieces of equipment. As for the animals, gone are the zebra, goats, turkey, and kangaroos. The only remains of the camel is a sign in the office/gift shop advising caution as the camel could bite. All that remains are two tired lions, a tiger, and a lemur.
Gone apparently is a reasonable level of customer service as well. This change in ownership apparently occured more than two months ago, yet, the website still touts the exotic animals. Based on the response I received from the staff, I can only guess that the staff has received similar feedback from other guests. It was not just the animals that made the Good Evening Ranch so alive, it was the staff.
Last year a staff member handed my girls a couple stuffed animals to commemorate their visit. This year, following our purchase of a couple stuffed animals, as we were leaving, the manager inquired if my youngest daughter's Curious George Animal was hers.
Please dont go and by all means don't waste your gas. I drove from beckley which is about 45 min. The wer in the process of shutting everything down, or going out of business the only animals there were 10 to 12 helpless kittens that the rude women there were trying to push on to anyone to take home. the kittens needed to get to the vet. fast. The only exotic there was a lemur that was starving.My guess is they were forced to shut down and I'm glad for the animals sake.Thank you
I loved the animals and all the beautiful sights I saw when there, like the sunsets and at night how peaceful it was outside to walk down and see the animals and just relax. I would recommend anyone into exotic animals in a wildlife setting to go to the ranch and visit atleast once, it is very enjoyable.